18 March–19 June 2016
To mark Anselm Kiefer’s 70th birthday, the Albertina is showing the first ever retrospective exhibition of his woodcuts.
This exhibition presents over 30 works from various series and thematic groups by Kiefer, such as 'The Paths of World Wisdom: Hermann’s Battle', the 'Rhine' pictures, and 'Brünhilde - Grane', all of which bear witness to the artist’s interest in German history, cultural history and mythologies.
The woodcuts illustrate Kiefer’s experimentation with content as well as with technique. Woodcuts have been a focus for Kiefer since the 1970s and it was in 1974 that he first explored the possibilities of relief printing: several portraits were realised as hand-made prints, which he later on developed into important elements of his monumental compositions.
The numerous reworkings and the materials that go into every woodcut by Kiefer make each of these creations a distinctive statement, although all of them still remain formally interlinked with his pictorial works.
Anselm Kiefer, The Woodcuts
Albertina platz 1
Monday–Sunday 10am-6pm, except Wednesday 10am–9pm
+43 1 534 830-0
Anselm Kiefer 'The Rhine' (1993)
Albertina, Vienna; © Anselm Kiefer and Albertina, Vienna